Pathways2Enlightenment

eNewsletter - May 2008


 

 In this issue:

American Buddhism       * Rama Stories

Audio Book Review
    
* Intentional Healing
      * God and the Brain

Music Review
   
 * OM Guitar


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Intentional Healing

 

God and the Brain: The Physiology of Spritiual Experience

 

Om Guitar

 

 

Books About Rama

 

The Passionate Heart

 

Awake in the Dream

 

Worlds of Power, Worlds of Light

 

Books by Rama

 

How to Meditate: An Anthology of Talks on Meditation and "Meditation: The Bridge Is Flowing But the River Is Not"

 

Tantric Buddhism: Twenty-Seven Talks

 

Insights: Talks on the Nature of Existence

 

Surfing the Himalayas: A Spiritual Adventure

 

Snowboarding to Nirvana

 

 

 


Having an Off Day? Try this…

Sunday was one of those days when I felt like going back to bed before anything worse happened. Early in the morning, I set up a can of bug spray to fumigate our living room. We bought a couch on a garage sale, and since the owner had a dog and a rabbit, I wanted to make sure there were no bugs in it. On our way out of the house, I got distracted and forgot to turn it on… Then we went somewhere and when were leaving the parking lot, my cell phone blew out of my hands and landed on the floor… I picked up the phone, got in the car, and rear-ended a car in the parking lot… The woman who owned the car came out and we exchanged information… Then, we went out for lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant, but the food was terrible… Finally I gave up and went home… As I was lying on the couch, I remembered the words of my meditation teacher, he said, “Nothing neutralizes and eliminates negative energy more than water.” I went upstairs and took a nice shower and chanted, OM MANE PADME HUM. This mantra is used in Tibetan Buddhism to transform your negative thinking into the mind of a Buddha. After the shower and I felt renewed. Then, I meditated for a few minutes and felt re-centered again.

I’m not sure why my energy was off center that day, but I know that after taking a few minutes to shower, chant, and meditate, I felt centered again. My energy was bright and enjoyed a much nicer evening. If you ever feel off center, try one of these techniques or maybe all three. I can assure you that you will feel much better afterwards.


American Buddhism

Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz (1950-1998) was a warm and candid Buddhist teacher. He was well known for his best-selling books: Surfing the Himalayas, Snowboarding to Nirvana, Lifetimes: True Accounts of Reincarnation, and others. He developed a form of meditation that emphasizes the importance of focus and concentration to strengthen and clarify the mind. This type of mediation is called Chakra Meditation. It is an adaptation of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, and Original Zen. After 28 years of teaching, Rama inspired and motivated more than half a million students in the United States and Europe. He was an exciting meditation teacher and an incredible being of light who was able to lead his students into higher states of mind and well-being.

The following excerpt comes from the book The Last Incarnation. It is a collection of stories written by several of his students. Enjoy. 



Audio Book & Music Reviews
 
Intentional Healing

"This book is an inspirational journey of healing and self-discovery. Dr. Jeanne Achterberg has a wonderful voice that draws the listener into her personal experiences and brings hope and courage for people who want to try alternative healing methods. I highly recommend this book for people dealing with Cancer and other chronic conditions."

Roger Cantu, Author of Powerful Mental Development.

Book Description

Advances in integrative medical care have made the power of positive intent one of the hottest topics in the public eye. But few if any have stepped forward with scientific evidence that intention does in fact heal. Now, pioneering psychologist Dr. Jeanne Achterberg presents Intentional Healing, a full-length audio program that provides definitive research and practical guidance on how our inner resources can profoundly benefit those in need of medical attention. Drawing on two decades of research and personal experience with thousands of patients, Dr. Achterberg outlines proven techniques for leveraging positive intent against the progression of diseases, both physical and emotional. Six fascinating CDs cover a broad range of intentional healing applications, including: * Distant healing, prayer, and energy healing--the transference of positive spiritual energy from one person to another * Transpersonal imagery--how visual and audio images evoked in the brain unlock healing responses within the body * Self-intentional healing--how to focus positive intent inward for better health. Highlighting the vital role of human interconnection across all platforms of healing, Intentional Healing gives listeners a powerful ally along the path to wellness.

About the Author

Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D. is a scientist and transpersonal psychologist whose in-depth research has brought her international recognition. A former faculty member at Southwestern Medical School and past president of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology, she has authored five acclaimed books including the award-winning Imagery in Healing (Random House, 1985). In 2001, Time magazine named her one of six innovators of alternative medicine for the coming century.

God and the Brain

"What does a couple of Christian Nuns and a couple of Tibetan Buddhist Monks have in common?
It's not what you think...
They both participated in Dr. Andrew Newberg research, which is part of this fascinating audio book. Dr. Newberg shows how the practice of meditation and prayer affect the brain in a positive manner. His lecture is very interesting, thought provoking, and profound."

Roger Cantu, Author of Powerful Mental Development.

Book Description

Are we hard-wired for spiritual experience? And if so, why? On God and the Brain, Dr. Andrew Newberg reveals surprising new evidence that the human capacity for transcendent consciousness may have been a critical factor in our survival and evolutionary success as a species. This pioneer of brain studies and co-author of Why God Won't Go Away (Ballantine, 2006) presents the first audio course on his groundbreaking research into the fascinating links between spirituality, biology, and the evolution of the brain. With new material from Dr. Newberg's research available nowhere else, this 3-CD program features: * How prayer and meditation alter and enhance the physiology of the brain * "Neurotheology": how our brain chemistry shapes our sense of morality, meaning, and divine connection * Inside the heads of the optimist and the pessimist--exploring the survival value of positive thinking * The biology of forgiveness: why this spiritual act boosts the health of the nervous system * A special guided exercise for enhancing the listener's neurological capacity for balance and peace Whether one is a devout Christian, a Buddhist meditator, or even a dedicated atheist, the part of the brain that controls spiritual experience has a profound impact on our entire identity. On God and the Brain, listeners join Dr. Andrew Newberg for a lucid and enthralling exploration of the uncharted regions of the mind--and what this new science means for our health, beliefs, and quality of life.

Author Profile

Andrew Newberg, M.D. is an associate professor of radiology and psychiatry, and co-director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind. He is co-author of Born to Believe (Free Press, 2006) and The Mystical Mind (Augsburg, 1999).

OM Guitar

"If you are a massage therapist or you just want to relax and let the music take you on a wonderful journey, this is the perfect CD for you. Stevin McNamara has created a wonderful acoustic album for guitar and relaxation lovers."

Roger Cantu, Author of Powerful Mental Development.

Album Description

Combine guitar virtuosity with a deep sense of the sacred and what do you get? Om Guitar, a seamless fabric of Eastern and Western meditative sensibilities to soothe and rejuvenate all who listen. Composed and performed by acclaimed world music artist Stevin McNamara the creator of Caroline Myss Meditation Music Om Guitar features guest musicians Nic Dacelo and Aram Ram. With acoustic guitar, sitar, tamboura, and gentle percussion to create a blissful bed of sound for contemplation and restoration.